1300 watts of golden power from Enermax

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 22, 2011 - 03:07 PM |
Tagged: enermax, kilowatt, 80+ gold, MAXREVO 1350W, PSU

The Enermax MAXREVO 1350W PSU missed getting an 80+ Platinum rating by 1%, which puts it in rare company, kilowatt class or not.  Not only that, but in RealWorldLabs' testing it produced under 40dB under load which is impressively quiet for a 1350W PSU.  With 112 amps available to the six 12V rails and eight PCI-Express connectors ensure support for whatever multi-GPU monster you envision building.  All of that quality and those features do mean a higher price, $300 is the entry fee for this PSU.  It is worth it if you need it.

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"The latest MAXREVO 1350W 80Plus Gold certified power supply unit by Enermax is not only a worthy successor to their already excellent Revolution85+ series but also one of the two most powerful all-modular units in the market with support for future power connectors, right next to its 1500W brother."

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OCZ Technology Launches ZS Power Supply Series Designed for Mainstream Consumers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 21, 2011 - 01:38 PM |
Tagged: PSU, ocz, OCZ ZS series

SAN JOSE, CA - July 21, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., (Nasdaq:OCZ) a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and power supplies for computing devices and systems, announces the ZS Power Supply Series that offer consumers superior value for home desktops and gaming systems. Providing high efficiency, cool operation, and a compact case design, the ZS Series offers an excellent price point for system builders looking for a quality upgrade in a variety of power options.

“The new ZS line of power supplies provides customers with the ideal blend of quality, performance, and efficiency for power hungry desktops,” said Steve Lee, Senior Vice President of Power Management at OCZ Technology Group. “The ZS power supplies are available in a range of wattages and are engineered for consumers seeking both solid performance and reliability at a very cost-effective price point.”

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The ZS Series is ideal for system builders and gamers, and is capable of powering dual-GPU platforms equipped for NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX modes. The PSU is kept cool under heavy usage with a large temperature and load-controlled 135mm double ball-bearing fan, and this high-efficiency PSU also meets strict 80-Plus Bronze energy saving requirements by converting up to a full 85% of AC to DC power at typical loads. Furthermore, the ZS Series complies with ErP (Energy Related product) Directive to ensure less than 1W of power is used in passive standby and off modes.

The OCZ ZS Series will be available in 550W, 650W, and 750W models, and all ZS Series power supplies come backed with a three year OCZ PowerSwap Warranty for the ultimate peace of mind.

Corsair Announces New Modular Power Supplies

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2011 - 01:02 PM |
Tagged: PSU, modular, corsair

Corsiar has recently introduced a new line of modular power supplies based on the popular TX V2 Enthusiast Series. The new modular PSUs have an attached ATX 12V cable and a full compliment of flat, detachable cables. Being 80+ Bronze certified, the new PSUs are able to deliver at least 85% efficiency at 50% load. Available from authorized retailers in July, the models range in wattage from 550 watts to 850 watts.

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The Corsair TX550M is based on the TX550 V2 and is able to support the following connectors in addition to the non-modular ATX 12V cable.

Model Corsair TX550M
Wattage 550W @ 50°C
EPS 1
PCI-E 2
Molex 6
SATA Power 6
Floppy 2
MTBF 100,000 Hours
MSRP $109 USD

 

On the voltage front, the PSU is capable of delivering 45A on the +12V rail and 25A on the +5V rail.

Read more about the new power supplies.

Source: Corsair

The Scythe Chouriki 2 Plug-In 850 W isn't worth a 2nd glance

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 7, 2011 - 06:22 PM |
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, scythe, chouriki 2

Starting out with the positive, the Scythe Chouriki 2 Plug-In 850W can keep it's efficiency well above 80% in most usage scenarios.  Unfortunately that is about the only positive impressions that techPowerUp walked away with after wrapping up their reveiw.  The +12V line displayed dismaying amounts of ripple and the +3.3V rail actually strayed outside the 5% limit when stressed.  Finally, at a hair under $180 the Scythe Chouriki 2 Plug-In 850W is not even reasonably priced for an 850W PSU.

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"Most of you will probably know Scythe from its cooling products, but the company also has several power supplies in its arsenal. Today we will test the second strongest PSU from the Chouriki 2 Plug-In line, which has 850 W capacity and is 80 Plus Silver rated. All Chouriki 2 Plug-In PSUs use a semi-modular cabling design and are backed up by a five-year warranty."

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Source: TechPowerUp

A new and improved high powered Professional Series PSU from Corsair

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 28, 2011 - 11:56 AM |
Tagged: PSU, hx1050, corsair, 80+ silver

The original Corsair Professional Series HX1000W was well received when it arrived, Lee handed it a Gold Award at the end of his review.  They have updated their HX lineup with the new HX1050 which keeps the original design and components but adds a few more watts to the peak power rating. The single 12V rail can provide 87.5A and with six 6+2 pin PCIe power connectors, this PSU was designed with the extreme enthusiast in mind.  TechPowerUp put the HX1050 through their test suite, seeing solid power provided throughout the testing and efficiency at or above the 80 Plus rating that Corsair advertises. At $230 this is a fairly expensive PSU but if you need this amount of power you could do worse than the Corsair Professional Series HX1050.

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"At Computex 2011 Corsair revealed a new model for the Professional HX series, the HX1050 which will replace the successful HX1000. The OEM remained the same, Channel Well Technology, the capacity increased by 50 W and efficiency remained at 80 Plus Silver. It seems like this PSU has what it takes to be a cost-effective alternative to the Corsair AX1200."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Enermax extends their low cost PSU line with the LEPA 850W

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2011 - 05:27 PM |
Tagged: lepa, enermax, PSU, 850W

The LEPA B850 is a little odd when you look at it behind the scenes, as it is a low cost Enermax PSU but it is made by Sirfa.  That kind of inbreeding is not exceptional when it comes to PSUs but is sometimes worth noting.  It sports an 80+ Bronze rating and its four 12V rails are split between a pair of 20A and a pair of 30A rails which makes it worth your while to determine which plugs are feeding your GPU.  It passed the [H]ard|OCP torture tests which qualify it as a decent PSU but [H] had several caveats about purchasing this PSU.  First is the warranty which might be between 3 and 5 years or maybe 2 years, it is hard to tell from the documentation.  Second was the value as Enermax already has the NAXN line which is comparable to LEPA and that competitors like XFX and Corsair offer products that are at least as good and cost less than this LEPA unit.

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"For those of you that do not know, LEPA is what we would call Enermax' low cost "house brand" of PSU. No, it specifications are not up to those of most worthy Enermax units, but then again, neither is the price. How does LEPA do with its second unit reviewed here at HardOCP?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's not just a PSU, it's a Lazer Platinum PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2011 - 02:38 PM |
Tagged: Kingwin, PSU, super flower

PSU naming schemes are getting a little ridiculous, trying to state that the Lazer Platinum is a Super Flower Gold King with a straight face is not easy.  The names aside, Kingwin's latest PSU offers features that will make you sit up with interest.  The efficiency of the PSU is above 90% in all but a few low load scenarios and the cooling fan hardly ever turns on thanks to a very good design.  You will pay more for the Kingwin LZP-550 Lazer Platinum but as far as TechPowerUp is concerned it is a worthy investment.

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"The Kingwin Lazer Platinum LZP-550 is based on Super Flower's platinum platform (Golden King 550W) and according to the manufacturer achieves over 92% efficiency. The power supply's fan will only spin beyond a certain temperature, so the PSU will emit no noise at low loads. In our review we find that this power supply is the best model available in its power range at this time."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Want a PSU from someone you've never heard of? Don't worry the RASURBO 550W is familiar on the inside

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2011 - 06:05 PM |
Tagged: RASURBO Real & Power 550 W, PSU

One thing about new companies entering the PSU market is that the insides tend to be from a few recognized manufacturers so picking one up is not necessarily a bad idea, depending on what the insides are.  HEC-COMPUCASE are well known and while not top of the line they are recognized as providing decent power.  The RASURBO Real&Power 550 W is no exception ... provided it was a 450W PSU.  It seems that RASURBO was a bit optimistic about the power rating as at that power draw TechPowerUp saw disturbing flucutations; however at 450W draw they were quite happy with the performance.

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"We are always thrilled to see new companies enter the PSU market because this leads to more choice for the end users and competition gets tougher, reducing prices. Today we will take a look at RASURBO's Real&Power 550 W, which is 80 PLUS certified, utilizes a semi modular cabling scheme and comes with attractive pricing."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Announcing the XFX PSU Contest

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2011 - 12:32 PM |
Tagged: xfx, PSU, easy rail, contest

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XFX is giving away 10 PSUs, one each day, to a lucky winner who has registered for their giveaway.  Each day they zero out the applications so you must re-enter the contest every day, though only one entry per day will count.  Winners will get an email and have 24 hours to respond otherwise XFX will pick a new winner.  You can also read more about XFX 's PSUs on this page in case you aren't convinced that getting one for free is a good enough reason to try them out.

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Click here to enter ... every day until the Monday the 13th!

Official Rules

  • Contest Period: June 6-10, 2011 and June 13-17, 2011.
  • Everyone that registers from 12:01 AM to 12:00 PM on the contest period above will be drawn each day for a daily prize.
  • Please register only once a day. Duplicate entry on the same day will be taken out to give everyone equal winning chance.
  • Winners will be chosen in a daily drawing. If you don’t win today, you can register again tomorrow for a chance to win tomorrow’s prize.
  • Winners will be contacted via email. You have to reply back to us within 24 hours of the time of receiving the notification to be able to win the prize. If 24 hours are past, we will contact the next eligible winner of that day.
  • Once winners are confirmed, we will announce their name on this contest page. This contest is open to North America residents only
  • You must be 18 years old and up to be qualified for this contest. You must register with a valid email address and mailing address in order to qualify to win. You are not qualified to enter the contest again if you are already win the prize in this same contest.
Source: XFX

Antec intros High Current Gamer Plus PSU and Solo II Chassis at Computex

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 11:23 PM |
Tagged: solo, PSU, high current gamer, computex, antec

While at Computex 2011 we stopped by the Antec booth to see what the company had on display for new gear going into the second half of 2011. While we of course saw Antec's line up of existing cases and power supplies, and of course the SoundScience audio options, there were a couple of new items on the floor as well.

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First up was a visit with Joerg Theissen, formerly of Enermax, and a showing of the upcoming Antec High Current Gamer Plus series of power supplies. Available in a 550 watt, 650 watt and 750 watt version, the updated "Plus" series innovates by building in very high amperages in each of the various 12V rails; up to 40 amps on each! This allows the power supply to supply power to current and future graphics cards even with the smaller 550 watt PSU capacity.

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The Plus series is also going with a modular system that gives the user a very flexible expansion capability. While the red and black outlets for cables fit with what most users will use, you can in fact install up to 10 HDD cables on the power supply should you need it. Antec's goal with the new High Current Gamer Plus is to make a unit that addresses both the high end performance segment customers are used to as well as lowering the price to a point where it can address a large majority of the DIY market overall.

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The second new item was the Solo II chassis, a low cost design that actually includes some impressive features. Built on a combination of steel and aluminum, the Solo II is one of the first designs we have seen with built in support for the Slim ODD form factor, right out of the gate.

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Inside the case you will see only a few HDD cages though for a small case it does offer support for even the largest graphics cards in this way. You will also see a cutout on the motherboard tray for rear access to the CPU the brackets as well as some other openings for improved cable management.

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The front of the case opens up to reveal a pair of filtered intake fans and behind them the hard drive bays. The Solo II offers both your standard screw-less tray design as well as elastic suspension based HDD mounting options, similar to those seen in the LanBoy Air.

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Even though this is going to be a low cost case (estimate $99-129), Antec has included some noise reduction material that is a form of highly compressed plastic that they claim works nearly as well as the foam substance used on the Antec P180. It is installed on both doors as well as the top of the Solo II.

Overall I have to say that the Solo II looks like a great chassis for users that don't need a gluttony of space and also have to work on a budget.

Computex 2011 Coverage brought to you by MSI Computer and Antec

Source: Antec